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AFS Fishing Derby supports fisheries science and flood victims

October 31, 2013

More than 100 fishermen and volunteers shared an exciting day on the water at The CSU AFS Fall Fishing Derby hosted by the Colorado State University American Fisheries Society Student Subunit on Sept. 21.

CSU AFS club members getting ready for a day on the water.More than 28 years

The fishing derby at College Lake in Fort Collins has been a main fundraising event for CSU AFS for more than 28 years, and is a great chance for fishermen of all ages to catch some huge fish on a restricted lake and win some great prizes and raffles.  

The derby traditionally takes place in the spring, but this year the club decided to host a second derby in the fall for the first time since 2001.

“Each year, tickets usually sell out in less than one hour so we wanted to give more anglers a chance to participate in the derby,” said CSU AFS President Jon Wardell. “The lake shore was lined with happy anglers and we had some big fish, lots of action, and great weather. The club is so appreciative for everyone who came out, and we can’t wait for the next derby in spring!”


Largest pike caught on a fly rod.

Most Fish Caught: Adam Nickel, winner of Most Fish Caught with eleven fishes, won a Hitachi 18volt cordless hammer drill set complete with charger and case sponsored by White Cap Construction Supply.

Biggest Pike Caught on a Fly Rod: Largest Pike on a Fly Rod winner Tanner Wensman won a new Okuma fly reel prize for landing a 27.5 inch northern pike on his fly rod. 

Smallest Fish: FWCB Department Head Dr. Ken Wilson was winner of Smallest Fish Caught. Dr. Wilson caught a 4.5 inch long yellow perch. He won a large swimbait lure and a book Colorado's Best Fishing Waters.

Biggest bass.Biggest Pike:Justin Bucknum won a $150 New Belgium Brewing prize for landingthe Biggest Pike at 36 inches long.

Biggest Bass: Rob Louallen won a Crab Boil for Six at Jax Fish House Fort Collins for landing the Biggest Bass of the day at 19.5 inches long. 

For photos, visit the Fall Derby Photo Album

Kids contest

New this year, the club was able to add kids fishing contests thanks to the enthusiastic support of sponsors who donated prizes for Kids Most Fish, Smallest Fish, and Biggest Fish contest. The winners took home fantastic prizes which included fly rod/reel combos, tackle boxes, and a wide assortment of lures.  All children that participated in the competition received a raffle prize with a variety of lures and fishing information. 

Giving Back to the Community

The event supports CSU AFS’s mission to enhance the education and professional development of its members to help them become leading fisheries professionals dedicated to advancing the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems. The funds raised go towards club activities, guest speakers, outreach and education field trips, and the maintenance of the club’s educational aquarium displays in the Wagar Building.

This year, the student-run event took place just one week after historic floods struck the Front Range of Colorado – impacting thousands of residents and causing massive disruption to ecosystems and landscapes. With their classmates and neighbors in mind, CSU AFS members decided to donate a portion of the funds raised from the event to CSU Cares and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. The club’s donation to CSUCares will help provide emergency funds and assistance to CSU students and employees who were impacted by the floods, and the Community Foundation donation will benefit the Poudre River, Loveland, and Estes Park Communities impacted by the floods. 

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